This bill outlines a comprehensive plan to secure Northern, Southern, and maritime borders of the U.S.
It focuses on building infrastructure, improving technology, and increasing personnel at the border with the ultimate goal of gaining “operational control” — preventing all illegal entries — within five years.
If passed, resources would be poured into building fences and roads along the border, increasing the number of enforcement agents patrolling all border crossings, and enhancing trade and travel. Additionally, the bill would fully fund the National Guard at the designated borders and allow Border Patrol to access to Federal Land.
The bill would devote $10 billion to the project and would deny Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees both bonuses and raises if they fail to meet their goals. Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and sponsoring Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), describes the bill as “the strongest border security bill ever presented to Congress.”